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Festivals of Kerala - Thrissur Pooram

Like most parts of India, festivals in Kerala are an integral part of the social and cultural structure of the state and festival time is the best time to plan one's travel to Kerala. In Kerala, every community, every religion has something to celebrate about all through out the year.

Thrissur Pooram is the most spectacular festival of Kerala that tourist must experience during their holidays in Kerala. Introduced by the Maharaja of erstwhile Kochi state, Sakthan Thampuran, Thrissur Pooram is celebrated in Medom (April-May). The Thrissur Pooram festival in Kerala parades the fulgent faces of Kerala culture. With every passing year Thrissur Pooram, the temple festival, attracts large masses of devotees and spectators to Kerala.


Of the groups displaying their artistic prowess in the Pooram, the prominent are Paramekkavu and Thiruvambadi. When Paremekkavu and Thiruvambadi vie each other for their best performance, the connoisseurs of festivals are blessed with the rare chance to enjoy the art and culture of Kerala.

These temples organise impressive, awe-inspiring processions starting from Krishna Temple and Devi Temple. On the day before the closing of the pooram the groups enter the Vadakumnatha Temple through the western gate and come out through the southern gate to parade, face to face. Caparisoned elephants and the exchange of parasols are the other virtual feasts to eyes.

The hours-long dazzling fire works submerge the Thrissur city of Kerala in an ocean of colour. The consummate pyrotechnics exhibited by the two-temple groups paint the Thrissur sky with flamboyant pictures. What unfurls in the dark sky will be a rich tapestry. The marvelous as well as magical effect of the Panchavadyam, a combination of five percussion and wind instruments, is a sight that tourist on vacations in Kerala will cherish for a lifetime. Although this grand festival is known as Thrissur Pooram, it is in fact the conclusion of the eight-day Utsavam of nine temples.

The commissioning of elephants and parasols is done in the utmost secrecy by each party to excel the other. Commencing in the early hours of the morning, the celebrations last till the break of dawn, the next day.

 

 
 

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